tiramisu cake: simple homemade recipes

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enjoy the simplicity of our tiramisu cake recipes to make a dessert that’s elegant and delicious. while its sophisticated appearance may give an impression of a difficult process, rest assured, this cake is surprisingly uncomplicated to make.

resisting the temptation of enjoying this sophisticated treat may prove challenging, though. well... there’s no need to hold back – just go ahead and use our recipes to make yourself a lovely batch and enjoy.

while classic italian tiramisu traditionally has ladyfingers, we’ve also included a sponge cake version for you. the versatile tiramisu cake recipes allow you to make a treat in two different ways, providing a better understanding as you learn to make it.

what is tiramisu cake?

tiramisu cake is a lovely italian delicacy with a name that translates to "pick me up". we definitely think that’s a fitting name for a dessert that effortlessly brightens the mood.

this classic cake has extraordinary textures and flavours, containing layers made of delicate ladyfinger biscuits soaked in robust espresso. it’s coffee and cake in one – a double treat for anyone who loves the two.

now, that the cake has your heart, let’s move on to the heart of the cake which lies in its creamy, sweet cheese filling. it’s an outstanding blend of mascarpone and whipped cream. this combination gives the dessert a soft and rich texture that's simply irresistible. it’s no surprise that this cake is almost always on the menu of good restaurants.

however, you don’t have to go to a restaurant to enjoy it – making it at home is easy and our tiramisu cake recipes provide all the details you need.

the perfect tiramisu cake recipe

prepare to learn how to make tiramisu cake as we guide you through the process of making it in two different ways – one with ladyfingers and another with sponge cakes.

option 1: using ladyfingers


Total Servings:-



Preparation Time:-

30 Minutes


Cooking Times:-

0 minutes


Nutritional Value:-

411 calories, 27g fat, 36g carbs, 7g protein


Recipe Category:-






  • hand mixer
  • whisk
  • bowls
  • saucepan
  • square dish(8 inches)


  • 3 large eggs (yolks separated)
  • 110 grams sugar (extra fine)
  • 250 grams mascarpone
  • 250 grams heavy whipping cream (cold)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp liquor (your choice or kahlua)
  • 1¼ cups coffee (black, strong and hot)
  • 24(approx.) ladyfinger biscuits (savoiardi or pavesini)
  • cocoa powder for dusting

here are all the steps explaining how to make tiramisu cake:


prepare the egg yolk mixture: start by getting hold of a heatproof bowl and lightly whisking the egg yolks in it. in between whisking, have sugar added and continue whisking thoroughly to get a well-combined mixture.

create a double boiler: you would need a saucepan (small/medium) filled with water – heat it up. once it’s boiling, you can bring the heat down. now, position the bowl with the egg yolk mixture onto the saucepan, ensuring a gap between the bowl and the water. continue to whisk for around 10 minutes or till the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens. to check for the desired result, dip a spoon in the mixture and swipe your finger through it, to feel for any remaining grains.

cool the egg mixture: once you’re satisfied, remove the bowl from the heat. whisk the mixture as it cools down a little (about 5 minutes).

whisking mascarpone: when the mixture is slightly cooler, pour the mascarpone and start whisking again. continue till you have a nice blend. then, you can set it aside for some more cooling. meanwhile, you can go ahead and whip the cream.

whipping cream: with an electric hand mixer (you can use a whisk also), beat the cream and vanilla to get a consistency that makes firm and upright peaks. be cautious not to beat too much, though, as it can result in a lumpy texture. now, you can gently incorporate the whipped cream into the mascarpone mix, ensuring thorough blending.

assembling the cake:

create the first layer: gather everything in one place, including a square pan/dish (8 inches). combine coffee and liquor, mixing them properly. now, dip half of the ladyfingers into the coffee mixture and remove them quickly. arrange them soaked biscuits in the bottom of the baking dish, ensuring a snug fit.

add the filling: spread half of the filling mixture gently over the biscuits to create a smooth layer.

repeat the above steps: continue layering by repeating the above steps with more ladyfingers dipped in the coffee mix and the remaining filling cream. ensure that the top layer is smooth.

refrigerate: cover the dish and let it set in the fridge for about 4-5 hours (or overnight, if possible). this allows the flavours to meld and the biscuits to absorb more liquid.

dust and serve: you can cut it and dust the slices with cocoa powder or dust it first and then cut. serve and enjoy.

option 2: using sponge cake

if you want to learn how to make tiramisu cake by replacing the ladyfingers with a sponge cake, refer to the information below. in this guide, we'll provide the details of crafting the sponge cakes, while the other components are as in option 1.


  • 2 large eggs
  • 120 grams sugar (granulated)
  • 110 grams all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking powder

sponge cake: you can easily make it by first preheating the oven to 177°c and then lining two 8-inch pans with baking paper. next, whip eggs in a stand mixer until frothy, then gradually add sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. follow that up by sifting in flour, corn starch and baking powder. mix until just combined. evenly distribute the batter among pans and bake for about 20-22 minutes. once golden and springy, cool the cakes on plates or a tray.

coffee mix and the filling mixture: make them as we did in option 1.

assembling the cake: with the cakes still on the tray, use a fork to create closely spaced holes for the coffee soak. now, soak the first one with the coffee mix and frost with mascarpone cream. then, add the next layer on it and soak that too. then swirl mascarpone cream on top and dust with cocoa powder. refrigerate for 4-6 hours before serving to set. that’s it, your cake is ready to be enjoyed.

tiramisu cake decoration ideas

italian meringue buttercream: if you're up for it, consider covering your cake with a soft and delicate coffee italian meringue buttercream, enhanced with chocolate buttercream flowers. you’ll enjoy the flavour as this buttercream isn't as sweet as the regular butter/icing sugar kind – a perfect match for this cake.

chocolate shavings: when you tastefully place chocolate shavings or grated chocolate on the cake, you're in for a treat. you can look forward to an amazing texture and mouthfeel with freshly shaved chocolate – it’s simply irresistible. after experiencing this, you might find it hard to return to a tiramisu covered with cocoa powder.

fresh berry accents: if you're looking to give your cake a fruity twist, consider dressing it up with some fresh berries – like blueberries or strawberries. and if you're in the mood for an extra delicious flavour, try making a berry syrup with some liqueur.


that concludes our guide! you now have the details to master the art of crafting a no-bake tiramisu cake, aligning with the classic style. you may have noticed a slight adjustment we made of omitting raw eggs for those with concerns. however, if you’re inclined towards the traditional method, you can seamlessly incorporate raw eggs with minimal adjustments. the choice is yours!

when it comes to decorating it, you can consider everything from cocoa powder patterns to fresh berries. you can get creative as long as the flavours are enjoyable – experiment a little and have fun as you master how to make tiramisu cake. so, give it a go and enjoy making this classic italian dessert in your kitchen.

faqs on tiramisu cake

Q. how long does tiramisu cake last?

A. tiramisu can last around 3-4 days if you store it immediately in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. it’s ideal for making ahead as its flavours meld and intensify. you can prepare it up to 1-2 days in advance and refrigerate it.

Q. can i make tiramisu cake without coffee?

A. you can infuse the tiramisu with a distinctive flavour by replacing coffee with earl grey tea. soak the ladyfingers in brewed and cooled earl grey tea or pour it over sponge cakes. if you’re seeking a non-coffee variation of this dessert, you can consider this alternative.

Q. is it necessary to use ladyfingers in tiramisu cake?

A. while traditional tiramisu cake recipes use ladyfingers, you can experiment with variations. substitute with sponge cake layers, creating a different texture. this flexibility allows for personalisation, making it adaptable to individual preferences. so, while ladyfingers are classic, you can explore different bases to suit your taste.

Q. can i make a gluten-free tiramisu cake?

A. you can make a gluten-free tiramisu cake by using gluten-free ladyfingers or an alternative like almond flour-based sponge cake. other than that, you’ll have to use gluten-free components, including the filling.


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